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Atlético Plans 12 Hours Of Festivities For First Game At Wanda Metropolitano

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 15 / 17

After 50 years of calling the Estadio Vicente Calderón its home, Atlético Madrid is "set to inaugurate" its new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, when it hosts Málaga this weekend, according to Alberto R. Barbero of MARCA. Atlético started its La Liga campaign with t...

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Ferrari Signs Long-Term Marlboro Deal

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Discovery Inks Streaming Deal With Amazon

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FIFA Had Secret U.S. Legal Deal

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Ethics Committee Investigated Infantino

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Court Rules In Favor Of Barcelona

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Media Notes

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U.S. Banks Financing Sports Stadiums

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